With the swipe of a pen, gay San Francisco City Treasurer Jose Cisneros made his fall re-election bid official today (Thursday, January 31). The Latino politician is the only LGBT person elected to a citywide position at City Hall.
Joined by his partner of 21 years, Human Rights Commissioner Mark Kelleher, Cisneros filled out the necessary paperwork with elections officials to form a campaign committee and begin raising money.
He plans to host his first campaign event sometime in March.
On Election Night in November Cisneros had told the Bay Area Reporter about his intentions to seek a third term as treasurer. First elected in 2005, he ran unopposed in 2009 and so far has yet to draw an opponent this year.
Due to a change in local election law that voters approved on the fall ballot, both the treasurer and city attorney elections this November will be for two-year terms. In 2015 the positions will be back on the ballot, when they will revert back to being four-year terms.
As the B.A.R. reported last week, City Attorney Dennis Herrera pulled his papers to seek re-election on Thursday, January 17. He, too, has yet to draw an opponent in the race.
While neither has committed to running in 2015, both Herrera and Cisneros are expected to seek re-election to full four-term years that year.